On March 18, SPIN returned to Stubbs in Austin, TX, for the 9th annual SPIN@Stubbs bash. Samsung Focus, available exclusively at AT&T, presented the party which featured performances from TV on the Radio, the Kills, OMD, the Vaccines, OFF!, Smith Westerns, Young the Giant, Dom, Electric Child, and 28 North. Special guest DJs Skrillex, Designer Drugs, and Anika provided tunes between sets and Kelley James from Oakley served as the MC.
Guests at the party enjoyed complimentary Sparks, Miller, and BlackBeard Spiced Rum drinks, and had the chance to goof off with Yo Gabba Gabba characters who arrived courtesy of Case-Mate. VIPs enjoyed the best view in the house from the Xbox Kinect VIP area on the balcony.
Halfway through Ruban Nielson’s explorative third LP, Multi-Love, the bipolar “Extreme Wealth and Casual Cruelty” fractures momentarily into reverberating shards, creaking like a bridge collapsing as a murky guitar yowls in the background. Coming so soon after a silky smooth, Steely Dan-referencing guitar solo courtesy of his equally musical father Chris Nielson, it’s a tonally… More »